Parsonsia brownii (Britten) Pichon

Twining Silkpod

Notul. Syst. (Paris) 14: 10 (1950) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tall, woody climber with twining stems; branches glabrous or minutely pubescent when young. Leaves narrow- to broad-lanceolate, 3–20 cm long, 1–4 cm wide (linear and narrower in juvenile plants), apex acute to acuminate, base cuneate, margins flat, more or less glabrous, upper surface dark green, lower surface pale yellowish-green to fawn, secondary veins prominent; petiole 8–15 mm long. Inflorescences of many-flowered terminal and axillary panicles. Flowers yellowish, scented; pedicels 4–10 mm long; sepals 2–3 mm long, pubescent, joined in basal half; corolla-tube c. 2 mm long, corolla-lobes lanceolate, 2–4 mm long, acute, recurved, hairy at base; anther cone c. 3 mm long, slightly exserted, filaments c. 1 mm long, bent upwards. Capsule more or less terete, 5–10 cm long, pubescent. Flowers mainly late spring and summer.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, WaP, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. Often a common component of wet sclerophyll forests and rain-forest from the Otway Range to far East Gippsland.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Apocynaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Apocynaceae
genus Parsonsia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Parsonsia brownii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Parsonsia brownii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present cultivated
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales